Taliban bans on women

UN Chief ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Ban on Women’s Work for NGOs

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply disturbed” by the reported order of the Taliban banning women from working for national and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), said Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Chief spokesperson.

“This decision will undermine the work of numerous organizations working across the country helping those most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement issued on Saturday, December 4.

The statement added that the UN agencies and its partners, including NGOs, are providing assistance for more than 28 million of Afghanistan’s population who depend on humanitarian aid to survive.

“The effective delivery of humanitarian assistance requires full, safe, and unhindered access for all aid workers, including women,” it added.

The Taliban’s ban, the UN Chief Spokesperson said, will cause further untold hardship on the people of Afghanistan.

Over the past few days, the group has imposed bans on women’s university education, closed all educational centers for female students, and banned women from working for national and international NGOs on Saturday.

Just like the ban on women’s university education, the newest Taliban decision also continuea to draw reactions.

In latest reactions, the US has described the Taliban’s decision as “profoundly irresponsible” adding that it poses “mortal risks” to millions who depend on life-saving assistance. The UN officials and Switzerland have also reacted against the decision.